Members of the New York City Ballet Orchestra earlier this season.

In Tuesday’s (11/28) New York Times, Javier C. Hernández reports, “After months of wrangling, New York City Ballet and the union representing its musicians announced on Tuesday they had reached a deal for a new contract. The three-year contract, which is expected to be ratified by members of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, includes an increase in compensation of about 22 percent over three years, a central demand of the musicians, who had argued that they were underpaid because of salary cuts made during the pandemic…. The contract was the first that City Ballet and the orchestra have negotiated since the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the cancellation of hundreds of performances and the loss of about $55 million in ticket sales. City Ballet, like other cultural institutions, reduced the salaries of dancers and musicians as it worked to weather the crisis. Under the deal, the company will restore a salary cut of about 9 percent made during the pandemic, as well as offer a raise of 13 percent over three years…. Musicians at other leading ensembles have secured significant pay raises in recent months through contract negotiations, including at the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.”